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VIDEO CASSETTE MACHINES are pretty good, but they're not so good they need to be bowed down on your knees and grovelled to. But too often do you see a modern slimline video recorder installed under the television, and the owner is seen crawling on the carpet trying to figure out which of the tiny buttons on the front to press. Surely such technology is not worthy of your humility.

So, where would you install the video machine if there were no convention you had to obey that the video recorder has to be under the TV set? And if such details as CABLES were not a problem. The most convenient position would be, surely, next to the comfy armchair, so you could insert a videocassette into the machine directly from a seated position in the chair?!


How it's done: Move the video recorder to where you want it to be, ie where it's most convenient. Then connect it up. This may require such things as two co-ax cables m/f four metres long, and a power cable extension. These are standard accessories which can be bought from the right kinds of tv/vcr electrical goods shops. Measure up your requirements and get the right cables. For example, from TV Cables.co.uk



Also Note:

The idea of a "chairside video recorder" also works for other devices which have a cartridge based system and which conventionality assumes must reside in an inconvenient position. The principle is the same: Move the device to where it's most convenient, then get the right cables to wire it up. Fibre-optic cables can fit under the carpet, you know.

The idea was first implemented here when I was looking after my Mum. She was eighty years old and I fitted a video recorder she could use from the comfy armchair which was at the orthopaedically-correct height. The cables were hidden under the carpet. If you like the idea of this, the invention is declared to be SHAREWARE, and if you'd like to make a voluntary contribution, please send what you think it's worth to: Zyra, c/o the shareware office address. Cheques payable to Zyra Electric. Good stories about implementations of the idea can be sent via e-mail

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